Sexual and Gender Minority Cancer Research Methodology: Lessons from the Field

Event Type:
Webinar
Date:
June 12, 2024
Time:
1:00 - 2:00 PM ET

Event Series

BRP Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) Webinar Series

Cancer survivors from sexual and gender minority (SGM) populations (particularly those from multiple minoritized groups) face unique barriers. Existing evidence indicates that members of SGM populations have higher rates of certain cancers, and they experience worse physical and mental health after any cancer diagnosis. These outcomes have been attributed in part to treatment and survivorship care that fail to address SGM-specific considerations. The National Cancer Institute (NCI) maintains a strong commitment to supporting health equity research aimed at addressing the mechanisms contributing to disparities across the cancer control continuum, including those experienced by SGM populations.

Several NCI Behavioral Research Program grantees will present findings and discuss important methodological issues in working with SGM communities and community partners.

Dr. Simon Rosser will discuss recruitment and retention strategies across cancers and different parts of the SGM community, as well as effects of tailored online biopsychobehavioral interventions to address the needs of SGM cancer patients. Dr. Sarah MacCarthy will review a telephone-based intervention to encourage physical activity among individuals living in the Alabama Black Belt, an area of southern Alabama with a majority African-American/Black population, to reduce cancer rates, including effective recruitment strategies and next steps. Finally, Dr. Charles Kamen will review initial findings and lessons learned from an evidence-based intervention for cancer patients and their caregivers for researchers planning to adapt interventions for SGM populations affected by cancer.

This webinar is part of the BRP Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) Webinar Series, which aims to highlight research conducted or funded by NCI’s Behavioral Research Program focused on issues related to health disparities and health equity.

Reasonable Accommodations

Closed captioning will be available to all participants. Individuals who need reasonable accommodations to participate in this event should contact ncidccpsbrpadvances@mail.nih.gov. Requests should be made at least five business days in advance of the event.

Speakers

B.R. Simon Rosser, PhD, MPH
B.R. Simon Rosser, PhD, MPH

Advancing Methods to Research Cancer in SGM Populations: What have we learned?

Professor, Division of Epidemiology & Community Health,
Director, Sexual Health Research at the University of Minnesota (SHRUM) Program,
University of Minnesota School of Public Health

Sarah MacCarthy, ScD
Sarah MacCarthy, ScD

Rural SGM Health in the Alabama Black Belt

Associate Professor,
Endowed Chair, Magic City LGBTQ Health Studies,
University of Alabama at Birmingham School of Public Health

Charles S. Kamen, PhD, MPH
Charles S. Kamen, PhD, MPH

Community-Driven Adaptation of an SGM Cancer Caregiving Intervention

Associate Professor Departments of Surgery and Psychiatry,
University of Rochester Medical Center

Moderators

David Dean Jr. (Chipper), PhD, MS
David Dean Jr. (Chipper), PhD, MS

Program Director, Health Behaviors Research Branch,
NCI Behavioral Research Program

Tanya Agurs-Collins, PhD, RD
Tanya Agurs-Collins, PhD, RD

Program Director, Health Behaviors Research Branch,
NCI Behavioral Research Program

Last Updated
May 23, 2024